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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In perspective, the representation of figures pointing more or less directly toward the spectator standing in front of the picture, or away from a plane perpendicular to the spectator's line of sight, but shown in such a manner as to convey to the mind the impression of their just length.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fine Arts) Representation in a foreshortened mode or way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun art A technique for creating the appearance that the object of a drawing is extending into space by shortening the lines with which that object is drawn.
  • verb Present participle of foreshorten.


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  • In proportion to the amount of actual projection from the background, of course the necessity diminishes for that kind of foreshortening which is obtained by delineation.

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  • This becomes complicated and more difficult to arrange when we admit into our design anything resembling what painters call foreshortening, and the awkwardness is felt even in the placing of such a small thing as an apple-leaf, which may be treated in such a way that the intention of the drawing is entirely lost in the confusion which arises between the inferred and the actual projection.

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  • In a word, they discovered the laws of chiaroscuro, and with them the art of foreshortening, which is, in fact, perspective applied to the human figure.

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  • However, have achieved the foreshortening well enough for a viewer to get the idea of foreshortening - this is not always an easy task, especially when a character has such detailed armor on as this one.

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  • A long lens has an quality called "foreshortening" making objects in the frame seem a lot closer together looking foreground toward background than they really are.

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  • Visually, the artist has thought through every nuance of scenes and characters, from anatomy and posture, to foreshortening and facial expression.

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  • Guidelines corresponding to the perspective screen's divisions can be seen in his drawings from later years, when he was living in France, suggesting that he still relied on the device to work out the spectacular foreshortening effects that characterized some of his best pictures of that period, such as "The Harvest" 1888, painted near Arles.

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  • He also mentioned how the foreshortening effect of the great height they had achieved made everything below “look rather flat, very similar to the view from an aircraft.”

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  • Rapuano's signature was a mall tapered to "force" the perspective, thereby extending or foreshortening its apparent depth.

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  • Visually, the artist has thought through every nuance of scenes and characters, from anatomy and posture, to foreshortening and facial expression.

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